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Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2017

The Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2017 was completed by GHD Pty Ltd in December 2017. This study is one tool used by delivery agencies including port authorities, councils, Gold Coast Waterways Authority and Transport and Main Roads in selecting and prioritising sites for development, its recommendations are not binding in any way.

The study establishes demand based on boating registrations and population data, and makes informed suggestions as to how the established demand might be addressed. It is up to each agency to review these suggestions, taking other criteria into account. At December 2016, 66% of recommendations from the 2011 study had been adopted to a greater or lesser extent.

Transport and Main Roads considers:

  • community consultation via the QGOV Get Involved website – last sought over several months in 2016
  • proposals from local members on behalf of constituents
  • the recommendations of the most recent recreational boating facilities demand forecasting study
  • feasibility and constraints (foreshore profile, depths in access channels, wave climate, current scouring, siltation, marine parks, fish habitat areas, environmental offsets, mangrove clearing and so on)
  • available departmental funding (capital and grant) for in-water project components
  • maximising benefit to maximum numbers of the boating public
  • agreement from local government partners willing to commit funding for land side components based on their budget priorities and works programs
  • foreshore land availability and access
  • council project proposals
  • statewide equity considerations and demographic challenges for remote and sparsely populated areas.

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Queensland Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2017: 

Last updated
05 October 2018